Upcoming Events

HEALTHY CHICA
January 31 from 10am-3pm
El Paso First – 1145 Westmoreland, El Paso, TX
Girls ages 11-17 are invited to join us for a day of girl power featuring inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops promoting health, wellness and confidence. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, a session on healthy eating and a dance lesson. Join us for creative expression activities that will help girls de-stress, relax and rejuvenate. This free workshop is presented in partnership by Latinitas and El Paso First Health Plans.

COLLEGE CHICA
February 21 from 10am-2pm
UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building, El Paso, TX
Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life in the Latinitas College Chica workshop. Girls ages 9-17 will have an opportunity to tour the UTEPcampus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. This workshop is co-hosted by Latinitas and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement. Admission is free. To pre-register online at LasLatinitas.com.

Volunteer Spotlight, Maritza Lopez

maritzaMaritza Lopez is an outstanding Latinitas volunteer who is passionate about ensuring a healthy community as a health educator with El Paso First Health Plans. As a Latinitas volunteer, she has served as a guest speaker with our members, led health and wellness workshops and helped organize a Stay Teen workshop for our girls and moms. The Latinitas team greatly appreciates her excellent volunteer support as the event chair for our Healthy Chica conference. She has taken on a strong leadership role in coordinating this event by helping provide an event location, offering wellness workshops for girls, recruiting health speakers and hosting an excellent opportunity for our girls to grow strong, confident and healthy.

Why do you think it is important to promote health and wellness among young girls? It is important to promote health and wellness among young girls in order to empower them to care for themselves and have a better opportunity of success in life. Without health and wellness, young girl will have a much harder time excelling in school and eventually their career.

What health issues are you concerned about that impact the Hispanic community? Some of the health issues I am concerned about that really impact the Hispanic community are young, overweight girls which in most cases is a result of a poor and innutritious diet and lack of exercise. Another health issue is teen pregnancy among young Latina girls.

Why are you passionate about empowering young Latinas? Being a Latina myself, I think it is important to teach and encourage other young Latina girls to honor and respect themselves as well as their heritage by being strong and independent women. I believe it is through empowering young Latinas to care for themselves and become successful in life will ultimately create a stronger Hispanic community.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Latinitas? I really enjoy interacting with the young girls and talking to them about their interests and how they can use those interests to find out what careers and opportunities best fit their own, unique talents.

College Chica Prepares Girls for Higher Education (El Paso, TX)

COLLEGE CHICA PREPARES GIRLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

WHAT:  College Chica is a full-day conference centered around college attainment. The event will feature college prep workshops, a college student panel and keynote speakers presenting on the value of academic pursuit.

 

WHO: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ College Chica conference. The event is co-hosed by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas, and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement.

 

WHEN: February 21 from 10am-2pm

 

WHERE: UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building

 

WHY: Young Latinas are suffering the highest rates of school drop out of all their female peers and College Chica is a direct effort to curb those statistics by demystifying the college experience. Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. Sessions on video production, photography and blogging will feature investigative activities on why college is important, what it is like and how to afford it.

 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Latinitas 915.219.8554, or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

Healthy Chica Promotes Confidence & Wellness (El Paso, TX)

HEALTHY CHICA WORKSHOP PROMOTES HEALTHY CHOICES, NUTRITION, FITNESS & WELLNESS

WHAT:  Healthy Chica is a workshop centered around health and wellness featuring fitness activities, yoga, dance demonstrations, wellness workshops and a health professional panel.

 

WHO: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ Healthy conference. The event is co-hosed by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas, and the El Paso First Health Plans.

 

WHEN: January 31 from 10am to 3pm

 

WHERE: El Paso First Health Plans – 1145 Westmoreland

 

WHY: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to join us for a day of girl power featuring inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops promoting health, wellness and confidence. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, a session on healthy eating and a dance lesson. Join us for creative expression activities that will help girls de-stress, relax and rejuvenate.

 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Latinitas 915.219.8554, or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

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Business Chica Testimonials

BusinessChica

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF BUSINESS LEADERS

In December, Latinitas hosted the Business Chica conference to connect girls with role models, help girls discover career options and to promote entrepreneurship. Girls had a chance to meet inspirational business owners, participate in financial literacy workshops and hear from college mentors majoring in business. During a hands-on competition, girls worked in small groups to develop their own product ideas, create a marketing plan, design a promotional poster, make a radio advertisement and to create their own business plan. Special thanks to Southwest University of hosting our workshop on-site, Angela Sustaita for co-chairing the event and for all the outstanding volunteers who helped make this event a success.

100% of girls reported discovering new career options
100% of girls reported learning about the importance of college
94% of girls reported developing new leadership skills
100% of girls reported learning valuable steps to becoming business owners

Several of our Business Chica participants shared these thoughts about the event…

What was your favorite part of the Business Chica event?
I liked the presentations that helped us think about what we want to be when we grow up. -Angelina
I enjoyed making the product ideas. -Ariana
I liked socializing with new people it has always been hard for me, but it came easily today.
I enjoyed doing the presentation with my friends and with other chicas. -Senorina
I liked learning about different businesses and designing my own product! – Faith
I liked the competition. – Vianney
When we got to plan our business and share and present. – Alyssa
I liked the business presentations. – Avery
I enjoyed the icebreakers and the presentations. -Andrea

What did you learn about career options & professional skills?
I learned that I can be who I want to be. – Andrea
I learned about some jobs that I didn’t know about before like owning a business.- Ariana
I learned about entrepreneurs. – Victoria
I learned that we have to save for college. – Senorina
Never give up. – Avery

What did you learn about leadership?
Women can be leaders too. – Andrea
Don’t be a follower and be a leader. – Senorina
Sometimes you have to take control of the situation and make it your own. – Ariana
I learned a good leader should surround themselves with good people. -Victoria

What did you learn about college?
We learned that all these successful women have college degrees and maybe more than one. -Ariana
Don’t quit on school. – Melanie
You can get a full scholarship or a half scholarship. – Melanie

Teen Leader Volunteer Spotlight

The Teen Leader program invites local high school girls to make a difference, mentor younger girls, help out our girl empowerment programs, serve as peer leaders, gain leadership experience and earn community service hours. These young women are already demonstrating excellent leadership skills and serve as wonderful role models for our younger members. A few of them talked about why they are passionate about serving as young leaders with Latinitas.

Ashley Rios, age 17

“I would like to influence other girls to continue going to school and to never give up on their dreams. Just because we are Hispanic, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a great future we can fulfill.”

Kristin Portillo, age 16

“I would like to be apart of the organization because I feel a strong need to help those in need in any way possible and I love to contribute to my community in a positive way. I hope to gain a greater amount of leadership skills as well as have the opportunity to meet more people and grow both emotionally and mentally.”

Laura Rodriguez, age 16

“I am very interested in becoming an activist in the future after I graduate. I have a strong sense for women power and this website will help me gain work experience. The name caught my attention and I decided to check it out. I am really looking forward in volunteering and helping.I hope to gain experience, encouragement, friendships, and help with my communication skills. I’d really like to gain experience from this organization, especially since I am a girl and Hispanic. I want to gain encouragement to fulfill my future goals of becoming an activist and help females in the Middle East”.

Risna Ainurahimah, Age 17

“I want to share about everything with other people and I want to try to work with other people. Latinitas is pretty interesting for me.I had read about Latinitas and that was really interesting for me. I want to know more about Latinitas.”

Camila Marie Mosier-Giovine, Age 14

“I would love to influence in a good way young girls and I want to have the experience of getting to know them. because I like what your organization does, and I would love to be part of it. Getting to influence young girls, telling them the importance of education, and extracurricular activities, Getting to share the experience of my title as Miss El Paso’s Outstanding Teen while I have it with them, and to get to know them.”

Ashley Nava,17

“I find the Latinitas organization to be amazing. I like the message it is sending to young girls. As an aspiring journalist myself, I know the importance there is to having a voice and letting it be heard. Living in a community where there isn’t a ton of support for females, I want to be able to be a part of this change. Starting in an early age, encouraging young Hispanic females to explore different avenues such as journalism would help diversify the profession that desperately lack diversity on a national level .I hope to gain experience in the profession that I would one day like to be a part of and to be able to create an impact on my community.”

Maria Fernanda Govea , age 16

“I would like to volunteer for the Latinitas committee to help younger girls like myself become more educated and confident throughout their journey to make the world we live in a better place, as we’ll as I will not only be helping younger girls expand their knowledge about our culture but I will be contributing to our community as we’ll as they will help me grow into a more confident and successful young lady. “What I hope to gain from contributing with the Latinitas is a valuable experience that will teach myself and other young girls the importance of our culture and of our hard work, I will like to receive the satisfaction that I am working with my community in making the world we live in a better place ,as well as I hope to gain and to enhance my people skills and to receive community service time as I will be registering as a senior in high school next year.

Lucia Hernanadez, age 14

I would like to help to empower young Latinas and I hope to gain experience and to help people.

Season of Giving

During this season of giving, Latinitas club members wrote about how they spread the spirit of giving and help their community.

I care about the environment! I help the community by collecting cans. I recycle it and earn lots of money. If I earn just enough money I give it to people in need. At my old school, I entered a program and I would pick up trash and make things out of it. One time, I collected a lot of caprisuns that were already used and I made a dress out of it. It was super fun to be working on the dress. People can take action by using things that they find on the ground to make something out of it. This way that thing just don’t go to waste. I think that it is important to help the environment. If we don’t keep it clean, the animals that live in the ocean can get sick. The problem is that lots of people throw trash in the street and then it ends up in the ocean. People always throw a lot of things in the trash and it’s not fair to the animals that live in the ocean that they have to live with trash. I think is important to take care of every thing on the planet because some things that are in the street don’t belong with animals. I care about it because it is important to me and it should be important to everyone. It impacts because it is so important to me and it should be respected.

By Chantal

I help out my community by donating canned food like beans and peanut butter. It is important because some people don’t have enough things like food or clothes. I would tell others to be caring and help out a little by donating. By Zora

Season of Giving

How I help the community is by donating books that I don’t read any more. I also donate clothes. One time, me and my mom spent around $200.00 and we went around each kid a pair of clothes. One time, I volunteered at a shelter and I gave a lot of people that needed food. When me and my mom left, all the people said thank you to me and my mom. We were so proud of ourselves. People can start taking action by giving to other people in need. By Chantal

I’ve helped my community by donating clothes that I don’t use and donate food that I don’t eat. I’ve haven’t volunteered because I am to little. People can help other people with their problems. I help other people with their homework. I care about bullying. It is important because it is a problem that can hurt other people. By Shakti

I help the community by taking care of children and helping them with homework. Sometimes I get rid of my clothes by giving it to Goodwill. If I have good toys and don’t play with them anymore, I’ll give it to goodwill. I care about helping the children. It is important to me because I’m helping children who need someone to take care of. People can help by taking action by volunteering. They can also help people. By Delaney

Volunteer Spotlight: Business Chica Chair

Latinitas would like to express our deep gratitude to Angela Sustaita, ourIMG_0766 Business Chica Conference Chair. As the conference chair, Angela helped with organizing an excellent event focused on inspiring the next generation of business leaders through career & college panels, presentations on business planning and sessions on financial literacy.  She also helped offer hands-on activities to help girls develop their own business venture ideas, marketing plans, business plan and advertisements. Angela played an instrumental role finding the conference venue, organizing speakers, recruiting volunteers, planning the agenda, getting donations, sponsoring food, serving as a speaker during the event and helping make sure the event was a success. Thank you to Angela for all your wonderful efforts to help inspire the next generation of business owners!

Angela talked about her experience with the Business Chica Event.

“I think the Business Chica event really opened girls’ minds to entrepreneurship. A lot of girls are only given a few options to plan for their future. It is important for girls to start thinking early about their future. I think the girls learned that you don’t have to be a specific age to start your own business; they can start early to get an advantage. It is great for the girls to know the basic steps they can do to start their own business. The panel of business leaders was wonderful. It is important to give girls real world examples and to show them successful women. It also showed them that these successful women are humans and they aren’t perfect. I think the girls can relate to them because they started just like the girls. Many of them had barriers and faced challenges, but that didn’t stop them.”

Volunteer Spotlight, Stephanie Moreno

Stephanie Moreno has been one of our most dedicated volunteers over the last five years. She has taken on leadership roles in helping run an after-school club, serving as a guest speaker on multiple times and recently acting as our event chair for our Aim High Conference. She shared some of her experiences as a volunteer…

I wanted to get involved with the Aim High STEM event because I feel passionately about exposing girls to science and technology and the opportunities it can offer them in the future.

It is extremely important to connect girls to other women and girls that they can look up to because it gives them an example that they can look up to.Having a good role model can inspire the girls to set goals to grow up and become successful women.

Volunteering with Latinitas has been an extremely rewarding experience all around but the best part has been connecting to the girls and learning about their future dreams and goals. It has been very special to work with them and make an impact in their lives.

It is important for girls to start learning about possible career options early because this will help them prepare for their career goals. As the world has gotten increasingly competitive it is important to teach the girls how to set goals and long term plans that will get them there.

It is very important to me to teach young girls about opportunities in STEM because many branches still suffer from a lack of female professionals. It is important to society as a whole to develop a well represented group of professionals and events like this can show them the various options available to them.

If I could give a message to younger girls it would definitely be to never give up no matter how difficult or out of your league a dream might seem. Dreams are for everyone and anybody with the drive and perseverance can achieve it.

The message and central focus of Latinitas is very close to my heart because it speaks to the younger versions of myself. Programs like Latinitas are crucial to developing young girls’ confidence and belief in themselves, and when we do that anything is possible for them.

El Paso Program Bulletin December 2014

GIRL POWER ACADEMY
Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 4-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the school year to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options.

To successfully complete the program and receive a diploma of completion, girls must attend at least 5 workshops and complete at least 5 hours of community service.
  • BUSINESS CHICA (December 13) connect girls with leaders
  • HEALTHY CHICA – (January 31) promotes health & wellness
  • COLLEGE CHICA – (February 21) prepares girls for higher education
  • WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
  • GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership

Membership for the program is $25 and includes workshops and supplies. To reserve your spot, register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-academy-tickets-13079668641

BUSINESS CHICA
December 13 from 10am-3pm
Southwest University

Girls ages 10-17 are invited to discover their entrepreneurial spirit and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century at the Business Chica Conference. Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. The workshop fee is $10 and includes lunch. TO RSVP ONLINE, visit

http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

To pay online at:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-tickets-13079967535
For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554.

HEALTHY CHICA WORKSHOP
January 31 from 10am-3pm
El Paso First
Girls ages 10-17 are invited to join us for a day of girl power featuring inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops promoting healthy choices, wellness and confidence. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, session on healthy eating, dance lesson and fitness activities. Join us for creative expression activities that will help girls de-stress, relax and rejuvenate. This workshop is hosted in partnership with El Paso First Health Plans. To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

COLLEGE CHICA WORKSHOP
February 21 from 10am-2pm

UTEP

Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life in the Latinitas College Chica workshop. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. This workshop is co-hosted by Latinitas and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement.To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowering Latina youth through media and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression.We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

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